Postgraduate Opportunities in Modern Languages and Sexuality and Gender Studies

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about study opportunities available in Modern Languages:

and Sexuality and Gender Studies:

We offer an exceptionally broad range of postgraduate programmes. The Department of Modern Languages offers a range of Masters and Doctoral programmes which allow you to focus on work in one or more languages. You can study languages, together with the cultures associated with them, in a variety of programme combinations.

Our interests range from the contemporary to the medieval, and from Western Europe to the Caribbean, Africa, and China. We have ground-breaking research in film, sexuality and gender, memory and exile, genre, postcolonial studies and text production.

Our PhD degrees and MA by Research are available in five European Languages: French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. We have world-leading research in each these Languages and a really vibrant research environment.

Dr Sofia Malamatidou (Lecturer in Translation Studies), Professor Lisa Downing (Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality) and Jessica Bowen (Postgraduate Recruitment within the College of Arts and Law) are available from 14:00-15:00 to answer any questions you might have about the courses and studying in the department

More information about postgraduate study in Modern Languages and Sexuality and Gender Studies

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Sofia Malamatidou

    Sofia is a Lecturer in Translation Studies and Senior Admissions Tutor for the MA Translation Studies. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Professor Lisa Downing

    Lisa is a Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality and Admissions Tutor for MRes/PhD Sexuality & Gender Studies. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Jessica Bowen

    Jessica is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate Opportunities in Modern Languages and Sexuality and Gender Studies live event.
Susanna Ferrario asked:

The deadline for apply for the Distance Learning MA is one month before the entry point, right? Is there a limited number of places? Thank you again!

Jessica Bowen replied:

Hi Susanna,

Thank you for your question. For our Distance Learning MA in Translation Studies programme, there are 3 entry points and therefore 3 application deadlines, all of which are one month before the entry point:

Application deadlines
Entry point: 1 February – application deadline 1 January
Entry point: 1 April – application deadline 1 March
Entry point: 1 October – application deadline 1 September

You can find out further details on the course page.

Places are not limited on this programme, we offer multiple entry points for greater flexibility on this course.

I hope this helps.

Hi, Thanks for hosting this Q&A! :) I have several questions: 1) Reflecting the question already asked from the phd funding question, if one were to do the MA by research part-time, is it possible to do the first year self-funded and then apply for funding for the second year of the course? 2) For a part-time, distance MA by research in modern languages, how many hours of supervision would the student generally expect to receive? 3) Also, for the research MA, how does grading work? Is it the usual pass/merit/distinction system? asked:


Jessica Bowen replied:

Hi Alex,

Thank you for your questions. For PhD funding, we have some College awards which are also open to current students however students need to have at least 12 months of study (or part-time equivalent) in normal registration remaining at the start of the academic year to be eligible. The MA by research awards cover one year’s tuition fees at UK/EU rates for full-time applicants, or two years part-time so would usually only be available to students at the start of their programme. The deadline for the College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarships is 22/03/2019.

Usually part-time students will meet their supervisor every other month, full-time students will be every month. You may have other contact more regularly by email or agree to meet more frequently.

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a thesis of up to 40,000 words. Unlike PhD programmes, an oral examination may be held at the discretion of the examiners. As there are no taught components in a MA by Research, there is no grading in this way.

I hope this helps.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on 20 March 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Katarina asked:

If i like to start my MA research degree in September 2019, what is the deadline for applying?

Jessica Bowen replied:

PhD and MA by Research programmes may start at any time of the year, though we strongly encourage students to begin their studies at the start of the UK academic year in September. The application process can take between 6-8 weeks with out Admissions Office so we advise you to apply by June if you are considering September 2019 entry. If you are considering funding, the deadline for the College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarships is 22 March 2019. Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

You can find out more information on the How to Apply pages.

Panagiotis Antoniadis asked:

PhD Gender Studies: before doing anything else, who should I contact with? I have some thoughts in mind but not a finalized research proposal as I need guidance…Should I talk to the supervisor I have in mind for some advice or should I come up with a finalized proposal first ? Secondly, if i pursue a PhD by distance, how much time should I spend at the university each year ? Thanks a lot !

Lisa Downing replied:

Hello again, Panagiotis.

The first step is indeed to approach a likely supervisor with a draft proposal/ set of notes about the topic you would like to explore in your thesis. The academic member of staff, if available and willing to supervise you, will be able to help you refine your proposal ready for submission. The list of academics who supervise in Sexuality and Gender Studies across the University can be found here:

I hope this helps.